Jewels of the Air – Butterflies and Moths Walk

Join the Aberdeenshire Council Marr Ranger to search for some beautiful butterflies and moths of the Cairngorms.

We will open a light trap set the previous night to view and release any moths caught before walking a short circular route to look out for day-flying species. We hope to see Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Green Hairstreak and Emperor Moth, which all have particular habitat requirements.

Sightings will depend on weather and seasonal variation.


LOCATION Keiloch car park, Invercauld, Braemar, Ballater
REQUIREMENTS Bring outdoor clothing suited to weather, stout footwear, drink + snack & if you have them, binoculars. The event includes a walk of about 5km/3 miles with 150m ascent.
Suitable for adults & older children (8+). Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential.
May be additional requirements for covid-19 precautions (e.g. bring own hand sanitiser & face covering in case needed) & need to collect & retain participant phone numbers as well as email addresses for contact tracing depending on guidance at the time.
Capacity 20
TOILETS Yes at car park, Keiloch car park toilet may not be fully accessible, nearest other toilets that would be accessible would be at Braemar, 3 miles away.
DOGS Sorry, no dogs
DISABLED ACCESS Car park at meeting point but no designated disabled parking area as far as aware. Reasonably level hard-surfaced car park. Part of route from car park is on level tarmac road but most is on landrover tracks or paths with gravel or soft ground surfaces, uneven in places & includes some short moderate to steep inclines; no steps or stiles.
COST Free but donations on the day welcome
BOOKING INFO Booking available online – click here

  • Date : May 14, 2022 - May 14, 2022
  • Time : 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (UTC)
  • Venue : Royal Deeside


Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service (in partnership with Butterfly Conservation)